Indian players never looked serious – Pradip Banerjee

The former technical director of the national side launched a stinging attack on the national coach following the gaffe at SAFF Championship…

Pradip Banerjee, the former Olympian, criticized the Indian squad for lacking seriousness after their disappointing performance at the SAFF Championship.

India only managed to win two victories out of their five matches. While one was courtesy of an own goal, the other was won in the final five minutes of the tie.

"They never looked serious and did not have the heart for a big match. We were more passionate about our game. There's a lot of scope for improvements,” said an infuriated Banerjee to the PTI after the listless displays of Team India.

Wim Koevermans didn’t win any brownie points for playing a ‘boring’ brand of football throughout the group stages where the ball was simply punt forward aimlessly.

“He's been around for more than a year and is paid handsome salary. His role should come under scrutiny by the experts’ panel."

He stopped short of stating that the Dutchman needs to given the boot as the team’s performances have only sunk further down in his reign.

“Why should I give an opinion on somebody who's appointed by the federation? The AIFF should look into it. I stopped watching after India conceded a goal before going down to minnows Nepal. The performance really hurts."

“During our time (2005) when (Syed) Nayeemuddin was the coach and (Bhaichung) Bhutia the captain, we had won the title without conceding a goal.”

Banerjee made 84 appearance for India and scored on 65 occasions.

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